California Immigrant Higher Education Act (AB 540) was signed into law on October 12, 2001 and allows eligible students to pay in-state tuition, instead of the much higher nonresident tuition, while attending public colleges and universities. Undocumented students are eligible for AB 540 if the following requirements are met:
Although AB 540 doesn't change a student's immigration or residence status, it is still a significant legislation that has changed many people's lives. The exemption of nonresident tuition allows many more students to purse their dream of higher education, especially since undocumented families do not qualify for federal or state financial aid.
AB 540 covers all public colleges and universities in the State, including University of California (UC System), California State University (CSU), and community colleges.
A school's Admissions Office should be able to provide the latest form to request AB540 nonresident tuition exemption. In addition, many schools have published comprehensive AB-540 reference guides.